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your incredible sacrifice all the time. we recognize, i know that mr. swab and the entire museum recognize that this gift does reflect that sentiment because not only are you getting a replacement of a fire station, you are getting a more modern fire station. it is state of the art. it has equipment we have not seen in a long time and i like to idea that it has a generator that in case that big one hits you have three days there to really help us recover quickly. you have a number of other things, i was going to make a joke about mr. swab and i maybe testing each other on the pole, but i think you are going to beat me because you are in better shape than i am. but, again it's just a testament that we do value our fire department and leadership and all the men and with i am -- women that serve
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it and this gift is another reflection of that. having said that, i want to pay attribute that this would not have happened but for the incredible expansion that the museum is doing and that expansion comes with another recognition of the fisher family and their incredible collection of art which this city really still needs to talk about it's deserving of it. i know that the effort that is being made by mr. swab and all the trustees that have made that expansion, it is a serious amount of money to do that. yes they did have to have that expansion. we got that gift out here and the tune of $12 million for the station for the land and design and construction by the fund raising efforts that have gone on. but part of that is lose
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the make way for a really wonderful collection that for generations years and years to come will appreciate it. i must say that mr. swab has entered into this effort knowing that it was going to take a lot of resources to do. at a time when there are so many other competing interest to be able to talk to people about the collection, about what it means and then about the fire station in addition to that and the public private partnership, i want to again, thank mr. swab for your leadership in doing so and also benny, i know he's a personal friend of yours, i wish i knew mr. fisher better as well but we are going to enjoy this wonderful collection and so thank you for the modern art and bob for all your leadership for doing this. this would not have happened without
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that occurring. it is a win win for the city. this station, supervisor kim has just arrived. i want to please welcome her up. we have been doing a lot of openings in your district, supervisor. we just did another one at the entrance transbay center. it's a gold standard, lead gold, i want to thank webcor for their leadership in getting this built and making a smooth transition. i want to thank the fire fighters because it's really the home of the alley cats and they are proud of it and they are proud of the family that they have built here because this is one of the busiest fire stations, firehouse 1, will get those calls, you know that. in fact don't be surprised if a call is
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made even during a time we are here because there is so much activity going on. but we know they are in a safer place a better performing aspect place, more modern and they will get the level of safety the city defrsz -- deserves. we have to prepare for those unknown but predictable accidents natural and otherwise that will occur in the city of san francisco. i want to thank the chiefs, the city administrator, victor, your work here as well, our real estate department, as well, thank you, john for being here. all the city family, our city engineer, figuring out things for being here as well. investing in our infrastructure, investing in our fire stations has been a main stay of my administration, working with a capital planning group. we want to ensure that
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our infrastructure always reflect the highest level we need and situating this station here is will is an incredible gift to district 6. i want to thank all the entities for getting together and making this happen and but for a very special circumstances this might have not occurred and we would be incurring another obligation $6. i want to thank all the entities for getting together and making this happen and but for a very special circumstances this might have not occurred and we would be incurring another obligation of 9-and-a-half million from our general fund. this is a gift that is going to keep giving. i want to recognize things that happen in this city we are a very incredible lucky city for all the things that happen to us. this is one of the moments that recognize all of these special elements that come together modernization, this brand new station, and the
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firemen and women who will be here and take care of this city as you always have. thank you for making this happen. appreciate it. [ applause ] >> thank you, mr. mayor for your leadership and unwavering support. the next speaker has also been very supportive. our district supervisor, jane kim. [ applause ] >> the mayor said it but i think we have a ribbon cutting almost twice a day now in district 6. this is an exciting one. the first constructed fire station in san francisco since 1950. it's pretty amazing considering when the fact that the mayor brought up is the
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busiest station in san francisco. in my time at the distribution, unfortunately i got to know a lot about the fire department. we have had 13 working fires, several which were very significant and displaced or injured our residents. i learned how hard the fire department works, how important their speedy response is in terms of saving lives and of course our possessions but also how they build relationships with their constituents at a time of intense loss, anxiety and fear and they do it with a great deal of compassion and dignity. i think that's the most important aspect of the work they do on behalf of our city. it's truly incredible to have a department to be able to get that type of feedback from our constituents. it's great to welcome our fire department to district 6. yes, it's a block
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away from my house. i forgot to leave the key to my apartment with my neighbor so i had to run and do that before i came here. they have been working to help facilitate with the fire department and the modern museum of art. it wasn't long ago when our city first started to develop plans to develop yerba buena -- that's going to be an exciting development. this was a great outcome of that. six years ago we opened a
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large scale park along with the first constructed public school. as we connect this corridor, folsom street is going to be a great street, 500 units and they will be good neighbors to the fire department here. so i look forward to the critical role in -- that the fire department is going to display which includes the tenderloin and 6 district area. in 2000 alone fire fighters left that station 924 times. we are really fortunate to have a chief that is well regarded both for her ability
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to lead a well respected institution and for her integrity and honesty. oven -- often when we have difficult decisions to make, we can trust her. i want to thank the staff and fire department. because they save lives and compassion they are able to show our residents goes a long way. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> thank you supervisor kim. for those of you that don't know the san francisco fire department has a 5 member fire commission. before calling the next speaker i want to announce the former london breed. you had a lot to do with us getting here and now commissioner of the retirement system, victor
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make residueers -- he spent countless hours with us. without your counseling and guidance, we wouldn't be here today. fire commissioner andre evans. thank you very much. it's wonderful to see such say big crowd here today to celebrate the opening of this new station as people have said before has been way too long to be honest since there has been a new fire station in the city. on behalf of the fire commission, i want to say we are incredibly proud to be here and incredibly excited and think it's appropriate that the men and women who give so much to the city that they are given state
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of the art facility. i'm so glad that this wonderful fire station is opening. i don't think it's everyday that -- it's not everyday that a private institution comes forward and says let's do something great for the city. i want to thank all the members who put in so much time and effort into making this fire station what it is. i think the results speak fore itself. it's first class and i think it's going to serve the community for a long time to come. so thank you very much. >> thank you, commissioner evans. before we call up our next speaker, i want to acknowledge our members of station 1. i appreciate your flexibility, i hope you are happy with your new firehouse. it's obviously much brighter
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and modern and space seismically facility. in the firehouse where you work, it's more than a workplace but a second home. i am committed in this neighborhood to be good neighbors, we are joined by some neighbors and we have received a little constructive criticism that why are you having the ribbon cutting in the middle of the week when we are working. if you pass along to your neighbors that couldn't be here, we will have an open house later in the evening you can be here. that's why we move senior captain in station one. i would like to invite captain to come up and say a few words. >> welcome and thank you for attending. station one is one
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of the biggest stations in the nation. running over 17,000 calls a year. on behalf of the station one, i would like to thank each one of you for your support in this project. we truly appreciate coming to work in an environment that is sporting our good health and safety. so ultimately we can support yours. we consider this community our community, our home away from home. i would like to assure you that we remain committed to continuing our primary mission. that is to protect the lives and property of the people we serve. thank you very much. >> and so you can find out a little bit more about this facility. i would now like to call up the principal architect responsible for this facility. bill letty. with stacy
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architect. >> thank you, chief. you know, a little known fact is that every architect wants to design a firehouse. not just because many of us wanted to be fire fighters at some point in our lives, it's because these are really iconic hybrid buildings that we feel -- embody a building that express dignity and security for our community. these are important facilities for our community. when we are working on this project in the office we often joke that firehouse no. 1 is
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like a block on steroids with really big machines in the garage. it's been a great experience for myself an my team to work on this project. of course, the board and staff of s f museum -- and bob, joy, and dave. the san francisco department of public works has been a true collaborator on this project and i would like to thank charles and gabriela. our team, of course webcor builders who made sure things happened and lineey oaks and
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lou, thanks, guys. and last but not least everyone at the san francisco fire department. we've government -- gone through a whole variety and great to assist a deputy chief who was an awesome partner during the early phase of this project and talking to the neighbors and trying to make sure the way it was paved for this project to really happen and of course deputy chief, kim lombardy to make sure we had all the details. i would like to point out to you that haven't noticed yet, there is a plaque to the right of the building that honors the fire fighters that have sacrificed their lives to the city for years. i would like to say with
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sincere hope today that they will serve for at least another hundred years. thanks very much. [ applause ] >> thank you. mr. letty. next i would like to introduce from webcor builders it's project director who spent a lot of time working with us on this project and that is mr. spencer reiner. thank you, chief. i would first like to congratulate and welcome the fire department to their new station. it's a wonderful neighborhood, hopefully we don't have to build another station for another 40 years. this was a great project for all of us to be involved with. it was definitely a team effort. bill letty, stacy, captain, kim lombardy and of course the other individuals at the fire
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department, charles at dpw, with that i would like to congratulate you with your new home and the best of luck. thank you. [ applause ] >> so we are pretty close, we are 3 minutes away from noon. without too much further delay, i do want to acknowledge a few more people, our city administrator, naomi kelly. [ applause ] as i would like to call it my partner in public safety, sir, thank you for being here. city engineer is with us. from the department of emergency management along with other people from the department of emergency management and i'm introducing all of these people because it wasn't just the fire department alone. it took a lot of work from the department of technology to the department of city planning, i saw brian
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strong here early and ken rich from the mayor's office. a whole host of people, and we have john green who is our department captain, who earlier this morning gave a very special blessing upstairs in the dining facility to all the members at station 1 and for blessing this building and all the work done here. few other folks that i would like to acknowledge, local 798, the men and women presented by tom o'connor behind me, thank you, tom. as well as some of his members of the executive board here, thanks very much to local 798. there is two retired deputies here. i have seen this happen. i'm grateful they came
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back because it's this early phase, he got us where we are at today. thank you very much. [ applause ] and also retired deputy chief of operation patrick guard who was a member of station one 1 gaevend us -- gave us a lot of input. most of my command staff is behind me. just like when you go out and run a call you count on each other as a team. i couldn't stand here doing what i do without the team behind me. i would like to acknowledge all the members from the team behind med -- me, the deputy chiefs. everyone. there is one person i would like to call out who crossed the finish line, assistant deputy chief, ken
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lombardy. [ cheering and applauding ] [ cheering and applauding ] >> we get the job done. thank you to everyone who came out. we have a few retired folks that are here. welcome, consider visiting us again. thank you for coming today and final thanks to the museum of modern art for your generosity and vision of getting us where we are today. now we'll do the ribbon cutting. there is one person i want to call up and introduce and appreciate her willing to do so. her name is sarah, her longest standing member of station 1. she's been in the department since 1987 and came to station 1 and been here since 1994. it's been a great pleasure to have her
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assist us with the ribbon cutting. take a look at the station and we will perform great work for you out of this station. thanks for your attention. 3, 2, 1. [ cheering and applauding ] [ cheering and applauding ] >> >> >> >> hey, guys. i'm with the
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weekly buzz. have no fear because i'm here to break down the top places to be this week. this tuesday come to the french
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film and wide conversation class to help non-french speakers to discover french cinema. san francisco is offering weekly class. the class will take place in the theatre with refreshments and popcorn for a $5 donation at the door. the carnival maybe more up your alley. the annual fundraiser for mckinley elementary school. watch dogs compete for best tricks at the biggest dog event in san francisco. don't miss this from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.. this sunday april 14th, the block party is on in full effect when this neighborhood celebrates in street parties so pedestrians and roller skaters can take
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>> 7 and a half million renovation is part of the clean and safe neighbor's park fund which was on the ballot four years ago and look at how that public investment has transformed our neighborhood. >> the playground is unique in that it serves a number of age groups, unlike many of the other properties, it serves small children with the children's play grounds and clubhouses that has basketball courts, it has an outdoor soccer field and so there were a lot of people that came to the table that had their wish list and we did our best to make sure that we kind of divided up spaces and made sure that we kept the old features of the playground but we were able to enhance all of those features.
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>> the playground and the soccer field and the tennis fields and it is such a key part of this neighborhood. >> we want kids to be here. we want families to be here and we want people to have athletic opportunities. >> we are given a real responsibility to insure that the public's money is used appropriately and that something really special comes of these projects. we generally have about an opportunity every 50 years to redo these spaces. and it is really, really rewarding to see children and families benefit, you know, from the change of culture, at each one of these properties >> and as a result of, what you see behind us, more kids are playing on our soccer fields
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than ever before. we have more girls playing sports than we have ever had before. [ applause ] fp >> and we are sending a strong message that san francisco families are welcome and we want you to stay. >> this park is open. ♪

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